Here is the thing about Laurine Snelling; she writes series. So-o-o, each book ends with the need to buy the next book in order to finish the story whHere is the thing about Laurine Snelling; she writes series. So-o-o, each book ends with the need to buy the next book in order to finish the story which you are now hooked on because Laurine Snelling is also a very good author besides being a VERY good businesswoman !!! Alert Kindle Readers ... this can become a very expensive proposition. :o)
A Dream to Follow is the first in the 2nd series concerning the Folks in the Red River Valley. It is not only a continuation, but a "next generation" continuation. This is the story of Thorliff and his desire to become a journalist ... his schooling becoming the main storyline. Will his Mor, Ingebort and his stepfather, Haaken, be able to support him in this endeavor, or will the "land" (and Anji) keep him anchored to Blessing, ND ?
A sub-storyline belongs to a new character, Elizabeth Rogers, and her desires to become a woman Dr. in the in-between-sized town of Northfield, MN. where the college both Elizabeth and Thorliff will attend. As obvious as this appears, the "book" ends with a cliffhanger (?) and natchurly you gotta buy the next book to find out if they get together ... really ?
Wouldn't you just love to have a name like "Nevada" ? It's so unusual for a first name, I mean. If you live in Las Vegas or Henderson, it is not so unWouldn't you just love to have a name like "Nevada" ? It's so unusual for a first name, I mean. If you live in Las Vegas or Henderson, it is not so unusual. As I am from Michigan, and before that Utah, and before that Oregon, and before that California I could never have pulled it off ! Michigan Day ... sounds rather like a weather report wouldn't you say ?
I digress ... so, this book "Ill Wind" is by Nevada Barr. I l.o.v.e. Nevada Barr ! And her heroine, Anna Pigeon, who is a Nat'l Park Ranger and each of her novels take place in Nat' Parks across this great country ! Anna Pigeon has a job that sounds kinda fun ... just playing a female Smoky the Bear, reminding us to "stamp out our fires" and all. But, oh no ! That is not the Pigeon way of life ! She dang near dies in every book ! She meets a different set of strange support staff in each of the parks as well. Except her sister who doubles as her therapist, and in this book, Frederick Stanton, an FBI agent that she worked with during the murders at Isle Royale Nat'l. Park in the UP of Michigan who are ongoing characters. Now Fred shows up again to help Anna save the day at Mesa Verdi Nat'l Park which protects the Anasazi ruins at the Four Corners area of the southwest. I like Fred. I gotta hunch he will be heard from again, too.
Disappointingly, Barr uses a paragraph or two of objectionable language to set the character of Tom Silva. I'm just sayin' !
My least favorite of the Patterson books which I've read. This is what is subtitled The Women's Murder Club series, and my review is basically ... mehMy least favorite of the Patterson books which I've read. This is what is subtitled The Women's Murder Club series, and my review is basically ... meh !
I think I have figured out Patterson ... if he writes it as the only author, it is good, even sometimes great, but when he writes w/a co-author who, in this case, is Andrew Gross, it is not-so-good. Leading me to believe ... ahem, that Patterson is not the lead author as one might think because his name is in inch high letters, and Gross's is in miniscule print, but that he said to Andrew : "Here, Andy Buddy, finish this so-so murder mystery while I head on down to the Bahamas."
First, thanks to Costco who make these books affordable !!! If I were to wait in the "never-ending queue" for a Morton book at the FHPL, I would not bFirst, thanks to Costco who make these books affordable !!! If I were to wait in the "never-ending queue" for a Morton book at the FHPL, I would not be getting my hands on it until Christmas ... :o)
According to the jacket coverage, this is a gothic romance mystery. What ? That covers a whole lot of territory of reading genre. And, I might say, it covers it very well !
Not a quick read (560 pgs), but a stick to your ribs kind of read concerning three sisters who live in a castle in England over a span of many years. Their father is possessive, talented, and hmm ... sick ! His possessiveness and talent lead to his sickness which is not one of the high fever variety. Gotta watch out for a spoiler alert.
A young girl comes to live w/the sisters when being evacuated from war-torn London. And, her daughter, Edie, becomes the narrator of the story which then becomes full of twists and turns, speculations and surprises, murder and mayhem ! I would not say I could not put it down because it was far too long to say that, but I will say I picked it up at every opportunity.
Well, now I have read them all ! I don't have a Riley Spartz in my queue ... what shall I do when I am looking for a clean, humorous, quick-reading liWell, now I have read them all ! I don't have a Riley Spartz in my queue ... what shall I do when I am looking for a clean, humorous, quick-reading little mystery ?
Julie Kramer has become a favorite over the past few months ! I have loved getting to know and appreciate Riley, an on-the-spot reporter from Ch. 3. In the course of "getting" the story she becomes an amateur sleuth in the solving of the mysteries surrounding the story (see Silencing Sam, Missing Mark, and the beginner, Stalking Susan !).
In the development of Kate's murder we find : Kate is the sister of Laura, an old college room-mate of Riley's and that relationship ended none too happy, let me say ! Kate had a secret life which Riley becomes a part of, as Riley gets "too close" to the i.d. of the murderer, she herself becomes a target, Riley's love interest wants to get married, and as a most important side-story, Riley becomes the central figure in a dog's death ! As you add to that one of the creepiest murderers I've ever encountered, it is just a most enjoyable read !
(not a 5* which I save for The Help, Guernsey Literary, Unbroken, and novels of THAT caliber !)...more
I picked this book thinking it was going to be about brides brought home by Am. GI's. Suffice it to say I was wronnng ! But I really enjoyed this storI picked this book thinking it was going to be about brides brought home by Am. GI's. Suffice it to say I was wronnng ! But I really enjoyed this story of unlikely friendships formed by five women (and some were brides !) as they were brought to the quiet countryside of England while the Germans were bombing London. Remembering that the US did not immediately enter this conflict, the women came for safety and were ... I guess "sponsored" would be the word, by a variety of folks more integrally involved in the London end of the early stages of the War. As the book progressed, the US becomes involved, a spy is suspected in their little hamlet, love, marriage, and babies join the storyline. Lots of cleverness in the solving of their problems/issues. Some surprises, a sad ending which came before the conclusion of the book, but maybe that was me.
I liked it; I didn't love it, but, reconsidering, I'll give it a 3 1/2 !...more
Good little Lake read ... liked Skeeter (who wouldn't w/a name like Skeeter ?), liked the "missing person" angle, and the gen'l "who dunnit" flavor ofGood little Lake read ... liked Skeeter (who wouldn't w/a name like Skeeter ?), liked the "missing person" angle, and the gen'l "who dunnit" flavor of the book. Inoffensive mystery would be my best recommendation heading !...more
I am a Nevada Barr fan, so my reviews are probably tainted. But, "A Superior Death" served a dual purpose for me, a Michigander, in learning so much aI am a Nevada Barr fan, so my reviews are probably tainted. But, "A Superior Death" served a dual purpose for me, a Michigander, in learning so much about the UP (Upper Peninsula) part of my State.
This mystery, starring one of my favorite sleuths, Anna Pigeon, takes place in the Nat'l Park known as Lake Superior. Barr once again shows that a mystery can be written w/o the "f" word appearing in every sentence, w/o vivid sex and violence, but simply with GREAT suspense and by revealing layers of character development, a location of familiarity and unfamiliarity meaning that you have heard of the place, but never really been there, and danger, danger, and more danger !
In this account Anna does some deep lake diving in the pure waters of a Great Lake, and takes an in-ter-est-ing cast of CHARACTERS along with her as they solve the unique murder of a friend.
Love Anna Pigeon with all her weaknesses, love her sister Molly with all her wisdom, and love learning about the Nat'l parks of this great country !
Disappointing for me. I had read others of her books ... Chains, in particular, which was so well researched that the fiction read like fact. This morDisappointing for me. I had read others of her books ... Chains, in particular, which was so well researched that the fiction read like fact. This more contemporary novel was hard for me to get through. Certainly things like those happening in the life of teenagers today as mentioned here are probably frequently taking place, but I don't like reading about it. And, had it not been my BC nominee, I probably would not have. ...more